Graduate Admissions

Master of Arts Management MAM

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Be Enrolled Part-Time?
Although part-time enrollment is possible, the MAM program is designed as a full-time, two year program. To complete the degree requirements in two years, students must successfully complete twelve credit hours in each semester (Fall and Spring).  Students enrolling in less than twelve credit hours in any semester must have the consent of their faculty advisor. Students who enroll in less than twelve credit hours in any semester should expect to take longer than two years to complete the degree.
When Do Classes Meet?
Most core courses and electives meet once per week in the evening or late afternoon.  Some elective courses may meet earlier in the day. A few courses (usually one credit hour) may meet on Saturdays. Students should not expect to be able to complete the program by attending only during the evening and on weekends.
How Is the Program Structured?
Over the course of four semesters (Fall and Spring), students complete the 24 credit hours of core courses and 24 credit hours of elective courses required for completion of the MAM degree. Students may complete up to three hours of Internship as part of their elective credits.  A Master’s Thesis or Thesis Project may also be completed as an elective.

Enrollment in the Summer or J-Session is optional and carries no minimum credit requirement.  Required courses are not offered during the J-Session.

What Kind of Background Does a Successful Applicant Typically Have?
In addition to the requirements posted on the website, applicants are expected to show appropriate background and experience in their chosen area of specialization. Generally, such experience is demonstrated by previous work in the field and/or undergraduate study. A minimum GPA of  3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is also required.
Are There Any Program-Specific Scholarships Available?
  • The Paul Berger Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellowship: This award for continuing graduate students honors the memory of an outstanding citizen, community leader, entrepreneur, public servant, and Columbia College Chicago professor. At Columbia College, Paul Berger established the small business/entrepreneurship concentration. In the spirit of Paul Berger’s life, the Paul Berger Entrepreneurship Graduate Fellowship Fund is dedicated to assist Columbia College Chicago students in furthering their education so that they too will become responsible entrepreneurial leaders in their careers and communities.
  • The Chuck Suber Award: This award for continuing graduate students is named in recognition of Chuck Suber’s visionary leadership in the field of arts management and his significant contributions to the AEMM Graduate Program. Chuck Suber established the Music Business program and helped develop the Master of Arts Management Graduate Program. Before joining Columbia, he was publisher of DOWN BEAT magazine for twenty-one years. This award is reviewed and awarded by a committee of Master of Arts Management faculty members.

For a complete listing of College-wide scholarships, click here.

Who Are the Faculty?
For a listing of faculty, click here.
Who Are Some Noteworthy Alumni?
Master of Arts Management graduates have been placed in exciting and challenging positions throughout the country. A sampling of permanent positions includes, but is not limited to:
  • The American Museum of Natural History, New York
  • International Creative Management (ICM)
  • Arena Stage, Washington, D.C.
  • Jam Productions
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Joffrey Ballet
  • Atlantic Records in New York
  • Los Angeles Master Chorale
  • Century II Concert Hall, Kansas
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Chicago Chamber Music Society
  • MTV Networks
  • The Chicago Cultural Center
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
  • The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
  • The Museum of Contemporary Photography
  • Chicago Opera Theater
  • Pick Staiger Hall at Northwestern University
  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Premonition Records
  • The Chop Shop Music Supervisor Company
  • Polygram Distribution Group
  • Field Museum of Natural History
  • Randolph Street Galleries
  • Goodman Theatre
  • Ravinia Festival Association
  • Google
  • Rhythm Cafe Music House and Recording Studio
  • The House of Blues
  • Shubert Theatre Chicago
  • Illinois Arts Council
  • Steppenwolf Theatre
  • Studio Chicago Recording Studios
  • EMI Music, Los Angeles
  • Victory Records
  • The Tribune Companies
  • Warner Brothers Publishing Los Angeles
  • Towers Productions
  • WYCC TV, Chicago
  • Universal Music Group

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